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Mini Countryman PHEV Photo: Supplied
Mini Countryman PHEV Photo: Supplied
 

New MINI Countryman Prices and Specifications

 
Andrew Maclean | Jul, 05 2018 | 0 Comments

Mini is marching into the 21st century with a plug-in hybrid version of its Countryman SUV confirmed for Australia.

Speaking to media at the launch of the facelifted hatch and convertible models that go on-sale this month, BMW Australia boss - and recently appointed Mini regional manager for Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and Importer Markets - announced the Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 (as it is officially badged) will arrive in local showrooms in mid 2019.

It will be the brand's first hybrid vehicle, and expands BMW's presence with plug-in hybrid vehicles to five vehicles sitting below the 330e, 530e, X5 40e and 740e.

"We've been trialling this car for some time, and there is still a bit of work to go, but we expect it to be here in the middle of 2019," Werner said.

The Countryman plug-in features a unique electric all-wheel drive powertrain, with a turbo-charged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol motor driving the front wheels through a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox while a synchronous electric motor powers the rear axle via a two-stage, single-speed transmission.

The combined output of the drivetrain results in peak power of 165kW, giving it enough acceleration to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds - matching the smaller Cooper S three-door hatch to triple figures.

The biggest benefit, however, is its ability to be driven for short distances - up to 40km with a top speed of 125km/h - using electric power alone, giving it a claimed average fuel consumption figure of just 2.1L/100km.

Power to the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery pack positioned under the rear seat, which fractionally reduces its cargo carrying capacity and can be fully recharged in as little as 2 hours 15 mins using an optional high-voltage wall box or charging station at a BMW dealer.

While Werner could not yet disclose final price and specification details for local models, he admitted the Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 won't be the most expensive variant in its line-up despite the expensive technology.

"The flagship will always be the John Cooper Works version," he said, indicating the plug-in will be priced under $59,900.

He also confirmed it won't be the only battery-powered Mini, with the likelihood that it will be joined the upcoming fully-electric Mini hatch that was previewed in concept form (below) at last year's Frankfurt motor show and is set to reach production in 2019.

"The future of Mini is clearly electrified and that is coming," Werner added.

"There will be a battery electric version coming as well, which isn't confirmed for Australia yet but we are looking at it in the future sometime." 

 

 
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